KANSAS CITY, Mo. The Royals eventually could add another intriguing name to the battle for the final spot in their rotation next spring free-agent right-hander Javier Vazquez.
Vazquez, 36, has won 165 games over a 14-year career in the majors and has struck out 2,536 hitters in 2,840 innings.
Vazquez has not pitched in the major leagues since 2011 when he went 13-11 with a 3.69 ERA for the Florida Marlins.
But Vazquez is now pitching again for Criollos de Caguas in winter ball in Puerto Rico. The Royals are one of a handful of teams who have scouted him.
"Our reports are very good on him," Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo told FOXSportsKansasCity.com. "We'll continue to look at him and evaluate and see if it's a fit."
In his latest start last week, Vazquez threw six innings, gave up one run and struck out 10.
"His velocity was pretty good," Picollo said. "He was consistently in the low 90s (mph) and he was able to bring it up to the mid-90s when he had to."